Rowan’s Writer of the Week

The writer of the week this week goes to Shanzay! I know that Shanzay was really proud of this piece of writing, she has used fantastic synonyms to make it engaging, as well as adverbial phrases and prepositions. What do you like about Shanzay’s writing and how might she vary her sentence structures?

Writer of the Week- Rowan

The writer of the week goes to Brandon, for writing a fantastic diary entry of life in a Victorian Workhouse. Brandon has worked really hard to use exciting vocabulary, can you spot any that he has used?

Well done Brandon!

Dear Diary,

What an appalling day at the workhouse! I can’t believe what I have to do at the disgraceful workhouse.  I had to clean the toilets.  I would rather do rock smashing for six hours nonstop.

First stop: breakfast. The gruel launching down my throat after every chunk I swallow. I had to eat with my head down in silence, it was just so awful. My teeth stick together with every bite of mucky gruel sticking on my teeth. Trust me it is like an abhorrent muck in the workhouse, you would not like to be here.

Second stop: Rock smashing. The rocks were as hard as the hammer itself. I mean, I could only smash three and a half rocks today it is so exhausting. My body feels dead. Smashing rocks is such hard work there is so much of it. Thing is though I probably won’t see the new roads.

Third stop: lunch. Lunch was the same as breakfast.  Heads down in silence! I was hungry. I felt sick.   I wasn’t looking forward to the dirty food but I was so hungry.

After lunch all I hear are screams and kids crying their selves to sleep. I was frightened that I was going to get whipped with a knot on the end of a rope.

Redwood visit Chelmsford Museum

Earlier today, Redwood had the opportunity to visit Chelmsford Museum to experience life as a Victorian.

The children were split into groups and had a chance to handle artefacts and discuss their knowledge about the Victorians. The children had a very enjoyable day and were extremely respectful. A wonderful first trip together as year 6, Redwood!!!


Writer of the Week- Rowan

Well done to Isabelle in Rowan class who wrote the beginning of a fantastic diary entry! We have been reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty and we took on the role of the main character, Jim, during his experience of a workhouse. Isabelle has used a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to make her writing really effective!

Chelmsford Museum- The Victorians

On Tuesday 19th Rowan Class visited Chelmsford Museum for an afternoon of Victorian fun! We learnt about the original building of the museum (as it’s a Victorian building) and then we learnt what life would have been like for the servants of the house. We visited the kitchen and handled real Victorian artefacts. We also explored what it would be like to complete the chore of washing during this period – it was hard work! We even found out that their pre-soak soap was made from stale urine!

Redwood NSPCC workshop 13/09/17

Today, Redwood got to take part in an NSPCC workshop following on from a very informative assembly  (which they took part in on Monday).

The children were extremely respectful towards our guests. In addition, the children had the opportunity to speak and to share their ideas confidently and effectively. Our guests even commented on how well they participated. Well done, Redwood! A great start to year 6!


When Muddy Adventures was rained off…

Last Tuesday, we were due to start out long awaited sessions of Muddy Adventures! However, there was a gale and lots of rain so we were not allowed to go outside. Instead, we spent the morning playing dodgeball in the hall – it was so much fun and got very competitive! Thanks Miss Lindsay!